Guns in Sports Reflect Guns in Society

Loose Ball: A new report from the Brady Center uses sports figures to highlight gun violence.

Steve McNair (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Steve McNair (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The report uses sports figures to make a point, but Lowy said that athletes don’t have a higher risk of gun-related incidents than nonathletes. The common thread in the cases is sports, but the real connection is living in a country with more than 200 million firearms and the easy access.

“We all need to support strong laws that keep guns out of dangerous people’s hands without affecting the ability of law-abiding people to have a gun if they choose,” Lowy said. “Hopefully Americans will be outraged about these weak gun laws and become more involved with this issue.”

Redirecting our passion for sports could make it happen, taking us from fun and games to matters of life and death.

Deron Snyder’s Loose Ball column appears regularly on The Root. Follow him on Twitter and reach him at BlackDoor Ventures, Inc.

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